Directory of Services


Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Practice is a conflict resolution method in which the participants focus their efforts on reaching a mutually agreeable resolution without going to court. Professionals are retained in the collaborative process for the sole purpose of assisting clients in attaining this goal. The professionals often work in teams which are designed to meet the specific needs of the parties.

Attorneys assist clients in understanding the issues to be resolved and negotiating settlements that address the needs and interests of all participants. Collaborative coaches help clients address emotional issues and improve communication skills. Along with child specialists, collaborative divorce coaches help clients develop parenting plans that fit their children's needs. Financial Professionals can assist the parties in understanding the complex financial issues as well as in developing options that best suit their individual situations.

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Counseling

Licensed Mental Health professionals assist families in a multitude of ways. Services provided by mental health professionals at the Collaborative Practice Center include individual, couples and family therapy aimed at helping individuals and families address a wide variety of mental health concerns and relationship issues.

Specialized mental health services related to divorce and blended family issues are provided at the Collaborative Practice Center. These services include supportive therapy and parenting counseling for people going through divorce and other major family changes. Co-parent counseling and blended family counseling assist parents in developing parenting plans, improving communication and reaching agreements that focus on their children's needs. As part of the collaborative practice team, mental health professionals work as coaches to assist the parties in addressing emotional issues that arise during the process and improve their communication skills.

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Estates, Wills, Probate

The incapacity or death of a loved one too often becomes a declaration of war among family members and others. You've seen the staggering loss of family resources and relationships in probate disputes. Assets and resources are depleted, and families become embroiled in a bitter, lengthy and expensive legal process. If you are seeking an alternative, trained collaborative probate attorneys at the Collaborative Practice Center can assist with probate, will and trust contests, estate planning to avoid problems at death, the incapacity of a parent or other loved one, and trust administration conflicts.

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Financial Planning

Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFAs) are specially trained neutral financial professionals who in Collaborative Practice help the couple evaluate their current and future financial situation and develop solutions to complex financial problems. They prepare workable budgets, prioritize financial needs, and assess tax consequences of such areas as property division and support options. In mediation, CDFAs provide the same types of services to either the couple or an individual.

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Mediation

Mediation is a process in which a third-party neutral assists parties in resolving a dispute that exists between them. The mediator helps parties communicate in a meaningful and open manner, assisting them in focusing on the real issues at the heart of the dispute and in generating options/choices that will meet the interests or needs of all the parties involved. Agreements reached between the parties will then be drafted professionally ensuring that all necessary procedural requirements are met.

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Traditional Legal Representation

The Center has skilled attorneys who are ready to represent you in traditional litigation of family and civil law matters. Their knowledge and professional approach to your legal needs will prove invaluable in formulating a strategic and workable plan to meet your goals in the court or other legal forum.

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Vocational Consulting

Vocational specialists assist individuals to determine a variety of vocational possibilities. These possibilities are based on a number of variables such as financial situation, family needs, interests, education, prior work experience and personal and functional transferable skills. At times, vocational testing can be conducted to help determine vocational interests and aptitudes. Labor market research usually is conducted to evaluate the current conditions of the job market and potential earnings. As part of the collaborative practice team, vocational specialists work with coaches and attorneys to assist all of the parties in addressing a wide range of vocational and related financial issues that arise during the collaborative process.

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Collaborative Practice

Counseling

Estates, Wills, Probate

Financial Planning

Mediation

Traditional Legal Representation

Vocational Consulting